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Calendar of Events

Saturday, March 8, 2014






 
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Spring Vipassana Basics Retreat - Insight Meditation and Mindfulness: Deep Spring Center for Meditation and Spiritual Growth.

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March 7-9, 2014
Rudolf Steiner House
Dealine for registration and payment: February 28, 2014
Teachers: Dorothy Ann Coyne, Lisa Zucker and Sandra Villafuerte
Especially for first time retreatants, beginners and anyone wanting the basics.
This is a beginner's retreat, but all are welcome. Meditation instruction will be provided. The retreat will include guided sittings, walking meditation, Dharma talks, and interviews. This retreat will be held in silence except for interviews and group Q & A sessions. Our venue is small so registration is limited. There are several residential accommodations available but you can commute each day if you prefer.
Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. $215 residential/$180 commuter. 734-477-5848. info@deepspring.org http://deepspring.org/retreats/2014retreats/springvipassana031714.html [map]
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 8-10 a.m.  Free! 

"March Morning Bird Walk": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a hike to look for bluebirds, woodpeckers, sparrows, and other birds. Bring binoculars and a field guide, if you have them.
8-10 a.m., Rolling Hills County Park (meet at the lodge parking log), 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti Twp. $5 vehicle entry fee. 971-6337, ext. 334. [map]
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 8:30 a.m-5 p.m. 

9th Annual Girl Developers Summit: Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan.

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The Girl Developers Summit offers a community-wide conversation for parents, mentors, and youth development professionals to help girls be healthy and successful, now and as they mature. This event is open to all members of the community. Our featured keynote speaker, Dr. Rose Bellanca, is the president of Washtenaw Community College and the first woman to lead the institution since it was founded in 1965. Please contact Mariela Rua at mrua@gshom.org to find out more about the workshops offered and how to register. Registration closes March 2, 2014.
There are workshops for girls (grades K-5), adults, and girls and adults together. The price for girls is $40, adults $50, and college students $30. Breakfast and lunch are provided.
Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Drive Ann Arbor, MI 48105. $50. 269-532-7020. mrua@gshom.org http://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/FamilyManagement/Activities/ActivityLanding.aspx [map]
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 9 a.m. 

2nd Saturday Exhale! Yoga.

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Awaken yourself to the deepest breath of your life. Breath, gentle flow and restorative poses open the heart, mind and body.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio. $15. 734-929-0274. webguru@annarboryoga.com
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 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Do-It-Yourself DANISH!.

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There is really nothing better than tying on an apron, making a floury mess, and filling your kitchen with the warm buttery smells of homemade Danish! That's what we plan to do in this DIY Danish class. We will make danish dough from scratch and learn all of the different tips and techniques required to create perfect pastries - all while sharing stories and laughs over French press coffee :) Full participation. Menu: Classic Danish Dough, Savory Turnovers Stuffed with Mushroom and Leek Ragout; Cinnamon-Pecan Sticky Buns with Cream Cheese Icing (the best you'll ever eat!!); Elegant Danish Braids stuffed with Chocolate Hazelnut Spread and sliced Banana Drizzled with Caramel. Register online up to 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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Mar. 8 & 15. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Mar. 8), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Mar. 15), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email. tgriffit@umich.edu, 647-8528. [map]
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 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Huron Gun Collectors.

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About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Admission $4. (517) 605-0624. [map]
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 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Huron Gun Collectors.

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Mar. 8 & 9. About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Admission $4. (517) 605-0624. [map]
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 9:45 a.m. 

Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild.

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Talk by Macomb quilter Carol Loessel who makes quilts from scrap fabric. Followed at 11 a.m. by a member show & tell.
9:45 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $10 (members, free). (248) 349-7322. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Mars Madness: Yankee Air Museum.

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March 2014 is Mars Madness at the Yankee Air Museum. Admission is FREE!
Come join us from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM March 1st, March 8th, March 15th, March 22nd.
10 years and 3 missions later, the Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity Rovers continue to amaze us as they transmit the latest photographs, videos, and data they have collected from the Red Planet.
Bring your family and friends and delve into our new Exploration Station Exhibit featuring the Planet Mars! Challenge yourself and see if you can master our robotics course and build a mars habitat or try and land a Mars Rover on the bull's-eye without running out of fuel! Themed activities will also take place during scheduled times throughout the day. Admission is FREE! We hope to see you on the Red Planet.
To Find Out More About The Mars Exhibit call 734-483-4030
Yankee Air Museum, 47884 D Street, Belleville, MI 48111, Canton. Free. 7344834030. suzanne.bosarge@yankeeairmuseum.org http://www.yankeeairmuseum.org/mars-exhibit/ [map]
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 10 a. m.  Free! 

Saturday Morning Border to Border Ride: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat. 22-mile ride, at various paces along the Border-to-Border Trail, from Ann Arbor Ypsilanti to decide where to eat lunch.
10 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 545-0541. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Spring Nature Programs: Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Mar. 8 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.): "Maple Sugar Festival." Following a screening of the film Maple Sugar Farmer, WNHA naturalists explains do-it-yourself maple syrup-making techniques and lead a short walk to show how to identify maple syrup trees and demonstrate tree-tapping techniques. Also a pancake breakfast with maple syrup ($6), 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the American Legion Post 31, 1700 Ridge Rd.

Mar. 16 (2-3 p.m.): "Michigan's Rattler." DNR wildlife biologist Kristin Bissell displays a live massasauga rattlesnake and discusses its biology, habitat, and behaviors.

Mar. 23 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Build Your Own Telescope." Local astronomy buff Meg Gower helps participants make their own telescope. Materials fee: $8.

Mar. 30 (2-3 p.m.): "Live from Australia." Representatives from the local Creature Conservancy display and discuss some of their collection of wild animals from Australia, including a kangaroo, a wallaby, and a kookaburra.

Apr. 6 (2-3 p.m.): "Life in a Beehive." Beekeeper Jane Levy presents a hands-on introduction to how bees work together to build a hive and make honey. Kids have a chance to wear a beekeeper's suit. Aimed at adults & youth age 6 & up.

Apr. 12 (8-9:30 p.m.): "Night of the Amphibians." WNHA naturalist Tom Hodgson discusses and displays live frogs, toads, and salamanders and leads a night walk to a nearby spring pond to look and listen for them. Bring a flashlight, dress for the weather, and be prepared to get your feet wet.

May 3 (10 a.m. and 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.): "Faerie House." All invited to design and construct a fairie or gnome home using a large array of natural materials. Kids must be accompanied by a parent. Space limited; preregistration required. $10.

May 11 (1:30-3 p.m.): "Incredible Edibles." WNHA wild foods expert Tom Jameson leads a 90-minute hike to learn about edible wild plants available locally and then prepares some wild food dishes (with recipes) to sample.

May 18 (2-3 p.m.): "Michigan Mammals." Howell Nature Center Wild Wonders Wildlife Park staff display and discuss the characteristics of several of its Michigan wild mammals.

June 1 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Rockhound Basics." Geologist Larry Bean leads rockhounds to a closed gravel pit to learn about rocks and minerals you can find there and what they reveal about ancient Michigan.

June 8 (2-3 p.m.): "Nature's Tank: The Turtle." WNHA naturalist Tom Hodgson shows some live turtles and discusses their biology and life cycles, and what to do when you encounter them in the wild.

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Various times, Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $2 (families, $5) except as noted. The Maple Sugar Festival is free. Space limited; preregistration required. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

U of M Museum of Natural History Presents: Predators and Prey, the Eternal Struggle: Dexter District Library.

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Workshop 3: Present Day Predators and Prey - Maintaining the Balance
In the circle of life, there is a delicate balance of predators and prey, each keeping the other in check. We will explore how we monitor the health of those relationships and what we can do to maintain the balance.
Ages 6 and up, registration is required. Previous workshop attendance is not necessary. Call 734-426-4477 to register.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter, Michigan 48130, Dexter. Free. 734-426-4477. cjurich@dexter.lib.mi.us www.dexter.lib.mi.us [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

"Bag of Books Sale": Friends of Saline District Library.

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Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, Mar. 8. Fill a bag for $5. Second bag is free.
10 a.m.-noon, Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free admission. 944-0625. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

"Fairy Gardens at Matthaei": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Mar. 8 & 15. All kids, accompanied by a parent, invited to make a fairy garden to take home.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $10 per child (includes materials); metered parking. Preregistration recommended. 647-7600. [map]
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 10 & 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Make Some Music": Ecology Center of Ann Arbor.

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All invited to make a musical instrument from trash. Followed by guided tours of the city's recycling and trash disposal center; close-toed shoes and long pants required for the tour.
10 & 11:30 a.m., Materials Recovery Facility, 4120 Platt Rd. Free. Preregistration required for groups of 5 or more. 369-9272. [map]
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 10 & 11 a.m. and noon 

"Maple Sugaring: A Journey to the Sugar Bush": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Mar. 8-Apr. 6. Naturalist Mark Irish discusses the history of maple sugaring and lead a hike to a stand of maple trees to see how they are tapped, followed by a trip to an evaporator to learn how sap is turned into syrup. Also, a pancake and sausage breakfast ($5; kids, $3.50), 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Note: Programs originally scheduled for the last weekend in Feb. and the 1st weekend in March had to be scheduled because the weather was too cold for the sap to run.
10 & 11 a.m. and noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3). Preregistration required. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]
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 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-midnight  Free! 

Remote-Controlled Car Racing: Washtenaw RC Raceway.

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Feb. 1 & 15 and Mar. 8. One of the largest regular gatherings of RC racers in the country features off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Awards for the top three finishers in each class. Spectators welcome. Food concessions.
10:30 a.m.-midnight, Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Doors open at 8 a.m. Free admission. $16 to race. (517) 960-5252. [map]
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 10:45 a.m. 

Basic Yoga.

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This balanced practice uses traditional yoga posture and breath techniques to cultivate a balance of strength without tension, and calm clarity of mind and supports the immune, digestive and cardio-vascular systems, promotes healthy joints, and slows the aging process. Open to all experience levels.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Teddy Bear Company.

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Group tours of the warehouse, with displays of both historical and CTBC bears. Also, display of antique toys in the Chelsea Toy Museum.
11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m., CTBC Warehouse, 400 N. Main, Chelsea. Free. 433-5499. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. 15-minute story time geared toward very young children.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime with the Humane Society: Nicola's Books.

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Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under.
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Celebrate Spring in the Garden": The Garden Mill Green Thumb Series.

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Talks and demonstrations on garden-related themes by Garden Mill staff and local master gardeners.

Mar. 1: "Tree Pruning." Tips on proper pruning techniques and when (& when not) and how much to prune.

Mar. 8: "Adventurous Vegetable Gardening." Tips on how to grow tomatillos, parsnips, rutabagas, and other unusual garden vegetables and herbs.

Mar. 15: "Rain Gardens." Discussion of the benefits of rain gardens, how to design your own, and what plants are best to use in them.

Mar. 22: "Michigan Wildflowers." Tips on where to findbeautiful plants in the wild and when to look for them.

Mar. 29: "Divide and Conquer (or Transplant)." Tips on what to do with plants that have outgrown their current homes.

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11 a.m.-noon, Garden Mill, 110 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration recommended. 475-3539. [map]
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 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"SSSSSSSSnakes!": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. 20-minute interactive demo exploring the biology and behavior of snakes, including sanajeh, the 11-foot snake that lived during the Cretaceous and ate baby dinosaurs.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (Sat. 11:30 a.m., Sat. & Sun. 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Cosmic Colors (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum that explores the reasons for color, the nature of X-rays, and more.

The Cowboy Astronomer (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show about a cowboy who has spent a lifetime studying the night sky and listening to star legends.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 Noon 

Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]
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 1-4 p.m. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Mar. 8 & 9. Leslie Science and Nature Center staff show live animals. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities.
1-4 p.m., AAHOM Michigan Nature Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $11 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 1 & 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Michigan Mammals by Skulls and Skins": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Naturalists John Russell and Faye Stoner discuss how to identify skulls and the adaptations that allow Michigan mammals to survive. Also, a chance to handle pelts of various animals. For kids age 7-11 (1-2 p.m., accompanied by an adult) and all age 12 & up (2:30-4 p.m.).
1 & 2:30 p.m., County Farm Park Field Operations Bldg., Platt Rd. entrance. Preregistration required. stonerf@ewashtenaw.org, 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Predators and Prey: The Eternal Struggle": Chelsea District Library Science Saturday.

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U-M Natural History Museum staff present a series of programs exploring the different strategies predators and their prey have evolved to cope with each other. Monthly topics include "Dining on Dinos: Long Necks, Sharp Teeth, Club Tails, Killer Claws" (Jan. 11), "Meals with Megafauna: Sabertooth Cats, Dire Wolves, Mastodons, and Man" (Feb. 8), and "Present Day Predators and Prey: Maintaining the Balance" (Mar. 8). For kids ages 6-12 accompanied by an adult.
1-2 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

Ribbon Cutting WOD Ceremony: CrossFit TreeTown.

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Come Join in the fun as CrossFit TreeTown holds its first official WOD (workout of the day) Saturday March 8th at 2pm! We will be doing a CrossFit workout with a social event following. Come dressed to workout or just stop by to say hello!! If you plan to attend you can let us know at www.crossfittreetown.com or max@crossfittreetown.com
CrossFit TreeTown, 124 W. Summit. Free. 734.221.0263. Max@crossfittreetown.com www.crossfittreetown.com [map]
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 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Free to Learn: How Children Educate Themselves Through Play": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by Boston College psychology research professor Peter Gray, a nationally known childhood expert.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Isabelle, Girl of the Year 2014": Barnes & Noble.

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All girls ages 8-12 invited to learn about the new American Girl doll Isabelle Palmer and the books about her love for dance and her forthcoming movie Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight. Also, related crafts, puzzles, and other activities.
2 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]
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 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice their juggling skills. Beginners welcome. Indoor location TBA in case of inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. 761-1115.
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 2:30-3:30 p.m. 

Static Trapeze 1: A2 Aviary.

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Static trapeze, or fixed trapeze, is a circus art performed on the bars and ropes of a mainly stationary trapeze. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Static Trapeze. You will learn to get on and off the trapeze unassisted, as well as seated and under the bar poses. Strength makes it seamless! This is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique, without focusing on choreography. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$15 for a single class
$150 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $25-$150. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/static-trapeze-1/ [map]
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 2:30-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Ribbon Crafts: Animals": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to learn how to make colorful animal figures out of ribbon for hair clips, pins, and other uses. Supplies provided.
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]
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 3 p.m. 

Voices Valiant Adult Choir: U-M Music School Special Programs.

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Voices Valiant is a vocal music ensemble at the University of Michigan for adults over the age of 50. This chorus is designed for adults who: love to sing, enjoy learning through music, enjoy the social community that music can provide, want to improve their mental and physical health through music. There is no audition necessary.
Voices Valiant will rehearse in two cycles in 2014: Winter Cycle and Spring Cycle. Each cycle consists of 10 rehearsals and a performance. Whether you have experience reading music and singing in a choir, or if this is your first choral experience, you will enjoy being a member of this unique group.
Season Dates
Winter Cycle: January 7 - March 8, 2014 (Concert on March 8)
Spring Cycle: March 18 - May 17, 2014 (Concert on May 17)
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 W. Stadium Blvd. $100/cycle plus $25 music. 734-936-2660. smtd-youthandadult@umich.edu http://www.music.umich.edu/special_programs/adult/voices-valiant.htm [map]
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 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Raptor Feeding": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Every Sat. except May 31. LSNC volunteers feed and answer questions about the center's red-tailed hawk, peregrine falcon, and other resident raptors, who may come out of their enclosures to eat.
3-4 p.m. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553. [map]
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 3 & 8 p.m. 

"Redwood Curtain": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Jan. 16-Mar. 15. Stephanie Buck directs local actors in Lanford Wilson's drama about a young prodigy who's searching for her birth father when she encounters a homeless veteran living in a redwood forest in Northern California. Cast: Rainbow Dickerson, Alex Leydenfrost, Michelle Mountain.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Jan. 16-22 preview tickets: $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Jan. 22: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Stop, Thief!": Bookbound.

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University of Toledo history professor Peter Linebaugh discusses his new acclaimed book of essays about natural commons and the ways they have historically been abused and reclaimed by various groups. Signing.
3 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]
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 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Storytelling with Computer Animation: Creating a Character": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Adults and youth in grades 5 & up invited to learn to use programming technology to create animated characters.
3-5 p.m., AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 3-4 p.m. 

"Strum & Drum": Oz's Music Environment.

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Every Sat. Families invited to get on stage to sing and make music on a variety of instruments. Also, at 4 p.m. on the 1st Sat. of the month only, a free Kids Open Stage.
3-4 p.m., Oz's, 1920 Packard. $15 per family. 662-8283. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Sharon Kay Penman: Nicola's Books.

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This best-selling and critically acclaimed historical novelist reads from A King's Ransom, her new novel that tells the story of Richard the Lionheart's last years and his mother Eleanor of Aquitaine's efforts to raise the exorbitant ransom needed to free him from imprisonment. Signing.
4 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bluegrass Gospel Jam Session.

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Mark and Claudia Aills are joined by other local string musicians for a program of bluegrass and country gospel tunes.
6-8:30 p.m., Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free, but donations accepted for Dexter Senior Center. 878-1078. [map]
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 6 p.m. 

U-M Men's Basketball vs. Indiana.

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6 p.m., Crisler Center. Ticket prices TBA at mgoblue.com/tickets. 764-0247.
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 7 p.m. 

20th Annual Winter Hometown Concert: Saline Fiddlers.

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Bluegrass and high-energy American folk by this renowned touring student fiddle ensemble. Guest headliner is jazz and bluegrass violinist Matt Glaser, the longtime Berklee College of Music chair who has performed with everyone from Yo-Yo Ma to Bob Dylan. Glaser is joined by Berklee guitar professor Jon Wheatley and bassist (and Berklee student) Britanny Karlson.
7 p.m., Saline High School auditorium, 1300 Campus Parkway, Saline. Cost TBA. (866) 257-5333. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Art Explorer Saturdays!: Fly Children's Art Center.

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When: Saturdays, 6-7pm Feb-March Who: ALL FOLKS ages 6 and up welcome...adults, too! ;) Come play!! (students under 10 should be accompanied by an adult) What: Exploratory drop-in art class featuring a new medium each week Cost: $7 drop-in/class* (*plus material fee, depending upon medium) or $50 pre-registered for entire semester (includes all material fees) 2/1: Drawing 2/8: Wire Sculpture* (add $5 material fee) 2/15: Sharpie Art* (add $3 material fee) 2/22: Wax resist watercolors 3/1: Collage/Stamp Art 3/8: Oil pastels 3/15: Tissue paper art* (add $2 material fee) 3/22: Painting Groups of 4 or more must pre-register to be ensured a space! Have a party of 15 or more? Ask us about hosting a private class just for your group!
$7/student
Fly Children's Art Center, 40 N. Huron St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. $7. info@flyartcenter.org. info@flyartcenter.org http://www.flyartcenter.org/#!studio-classes/c20by [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Art Explorer Saturdays! | Feb 1 - March 22, 7pm: Fly Children's Art Center.

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When: Saturdays, 6-7pm Feb-March Who: ALL FOLKS ages 6 and up welcome...adults, too! ;) Come play!! (students under 10 should be accompanied by an adult) What: Exploratory drop-in art class featuring a new medium each week Cost: $7 drop-in/class* (*plus material fee, depending upon medium) or $50 pre-registered for entire semester (includes all material fees) 2/1: Drawing 2/8: Wire Sculpture* (add $5 material fee) 2/15: Wax resist watercolors 2/22: Sharpie Art* (add $3 material fee) 3/1: Collage/Stamp Art 3/8: Oil pastels 3/15: Tissue paper art* (add $2 material fee) 3/22: Painting Groups of 4 or more must pre-register to be ensured a space! Have a party of 15 or more? Ask us about hosting a private class just for your group!
Fly Children's Art Center, 40 N. Huron St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. $7/student. 734-218-2145. katie@flyartcenter.com http://www.flyartcenter.org/#!studio-classes/c20by [map]
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 7-10 p.m. 

International Folk Dancing: Ann Arbor Folkdancers.

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Balkan and Scandinavian dancing to live music by Veselba. No partner needed; beginners welcome.
7-10 p.m., the barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $10-$15 (students, $3-$5). 709-8748. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Team USA Under-18 vs. Cedar Rapids.

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Mar. 7 & 8. The older of the 2 Ann Arbor-based USA Hockey national development teams plays a weekend series against this U.S. Hockey League rival.
7 p.m. , Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. at Scio Church Rd. $7 (seniors, students, active military, & kids, $5; youth hockey players with jerseys, $1). 327-9251. [map]
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 7 & 9:30 p.m. 

Tom Mabe: Michigan Firehouse Museum 7th Annual Comedy Jam.

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This comic from Louisville (KY) first gained attention through Revenge on the Telemarketers, a CD containing some of the elaborate stories he had fabricated as pranks to exasperate phone solicitors. His stand-up routines include some stories about these antics, but he's mainly an observational humorist who draws his material from the oddities and aggravations of everyday life. Cash bar.
7 & 9:30 p.m., Michigan Firehouse Museum, 110 W. Cross, Ypsilanti. Tickets $30 & $40 in advance at michiganfirehousemuseum.org & by phone. 547-0663. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Nucleus: Mangiamo Italian Grill Acoustic Routes Concert.

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Reunion of this early 80s Dexter rock band whose repertoire includes Southern rock and acoustic rock originals, along with classic rock covers by the likes of the Beatles and the Eagles.
7:30 p.m., Mangiamo, 107 W. Michigan Ave, Saline. $15 by reservation and at the door. Preferred seating for dinner customers. 429-0060. [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

2nd Saturday Contra Dance.

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Mark Hillegonds calls to music by the Sharon Hollow String Band. No partner needed. All dances taught. Some couples dancing. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson ($5).
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10 (students, $5). 408-1829, 649-6426. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Al Jackson: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Dec. 13-15. Ann Arbor debut of this 7th-grade teacher-turned stand-up comic, a ubiquitous presence on both MTV and Comedy Central, where his a national spokesman for its Address the Mess Campaign to advance social awareness, He's known for edgy, hard-nosed observational humor delivered with a laid-back swagger and a beaming smile. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8-10:30 p.m. 

Ballroom Dancing Night: Pittsfield Township Parks and Recreation Department.

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Ballroom dancing to recorded music from the last several decades. Singles and couples invited. Refreshments. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson.
8-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Twp. Recreation Hall, S. State at Ellsworth. $10. 822-2120.
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 8 p.m. 

Dick Siegel: The Ark.

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Veteran local singer-songwriter Siegel is an immensely gifted and versatile composer whose songs offer all sorts of immediate musical and lyrical pleasures, both serious and comic, as well as a resonant staying power. His live repertoire features material from his nationally acclaimed 2002 CD A Little Pain Never Hurts, his pugnacious 2003 EP Fighting for King George, early hits like "Angelo's" and "When the Sumac Is on Fire"--one of the best songs about Michigan ever written--and new songs.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Itamar Zorman & Pauline Martin: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Israeli violinist Zorman and Detroit-based pianist Martin-both internationally recognized soloists-perform J.S. Bach's Unaccompanied Sonata in C, Brahms' Sonata no. 3 in D minor, Gernscheim's Sonata no. 4, and Ravel's Tsigane.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Peter Madcat Ruth: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704 Coffeehouse.

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World-renowned local harmonica wiz--Dave Brubeck praised him as one of the world's "great jazz soloists"--with a massive multi-genre repertoire of blues, jazz, folk, and rock tunes, along with several fine originals and songs by other contemporary composers. Performing as a one-man band, Madcat sings and also plays guitar, ukulele, jaw harp, kalimba, pennywhistle, and more.
8-10 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 665-0409. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Coyote on a Fence": PTD Productions.

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Mar. 6-9 & 13-15. Mark F. Batell directs local actors in Bruce Graham's drama about the relationship between 2 death row inmates, one an arrogant intellectual and the other a young, na´ve, and psychotic racist. Based on the real-life story of Texas death row inmate James Beathard. Cast: Carl Hanna, Rick Katon, Jenna Hinton, Mary Hopper.
8 p.m. (except Mar. 9, 2 p.m.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12) in advance at ptdproductions.com and by phone or email. info@ptdproductions.com, 483-7345. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Scapino!": Concordia University.

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Mar. 6-9. Gerry Dzuiblinski directs students in his adaptation of Molière's farce Les Fourberies de Scapin ("Scapin's Deceits"). In Dzuiblinski's version, Scapino is an enterprising corporate employee who works for a junior executive, moonlights for another, and finds ways to extract money from their preoccupied CEO fathers.
8 p.m. (Mar. 6-8) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 9), Concordia University Kreft Center Black Box Theater, 4090 Geddes. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $5). 995-4612. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Venus in Fur": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Apr. 11), Feb. 27-Apr. 13. See review. Jennifer Graham directs Maggie Meyer & Sebastian Gerstner in David Ives' 2011 Tony-nominated 2-person comic drama about a writer grumbling about the caliber of actresses who have auditioned for his adaptation of Sacher-Masoch's 1870 novel Venus in Furs, when he is waylaid by a latecomer who seems even less promising than her predecessors. But when she convinces him to read through his play with her, she exhibits a strange mastery of the material, and the lines between art and reality gradually dissolve as she engages him in an increasingly serious battle for domination.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (Mar. 15 & 29), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Feb. 27), $22 (Feb. 28 and Mar. 2 & 6), and $30 (Mar. 1). Mar. 7 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Mar. 7: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $32 & $34 (Fri. & Sun.), $25 & $27 (Sat. matinee), $39 & $41 (Sat. eve.). $3 discount for seniors age 60 & over. Tickets available in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. $10 student discount in advance, half-price student tickets at the door only. For reservations, call 663-0681; to charge by phone, call 663-0696. [map]
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 9 p.m.-midnight 

"Pirate Swing": Swing Ann Arbor.

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Mar. 7-9 (different locations). 3 nights of swing dancing to live music by sought-after lindy hop pianist Gordon Webster (Mar. 7 & 8) and vocalist Naomi Uyama (Mar. 8) and to recorded music spun by a DJ (Mar. 9). For experienced swing dancers. Pirate costumes encouraged. Dances are preceded each day by swing workshops.
9 p.m.-midnight (Mar. 7 & 8) & 8 p.m.-late evening (Mar. 9); 4531 Concourse Dr. (Mar. 7 & 9), off S. State across from the airport; Michigan Union Ballroom (Mar. 8). $25 (Mar. 7 & 8) & $3 suggested donation (Mar. 9). pirateswing.com. [map]
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Science camp for kids ages 6-14
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